Ask most parents and guardians what the most stressful part of their day is, and they’re more than likely to respond with ‘Crisis pick up’. That manic dash from work to the school or kindergarten, contending with aggressive traffic, packed public transport and the sense that you’re leaving all sorts of unfinished tasks behind you at work is a heady mixture of stress and guilt.
“An employee should never feel guilty about picking up their child”, says Marko Rissanen, SVP of Human Resources. “At DNA, such things are handled through a family-friendly model, with the child taken to or picked up from kindergarten and the employee attending meetings by phone. We trust our employees to know the best way to arrange their own work-life balance.”
‘These things happen’
At the core of DNA’s commitment to flexible, family-first work-life balance is a clear understanding that ‘these things happen’, and regardless of the unforeseen events in life, all employees are responsible for completing their own work and meeting their deadlines. Along the way, they have the support and the understanding to manage both as it suits them.
That commitment by DNA hasn’t gone unnoticed. Through a family-friendliness survey (considering the quality and implementation of DNA’s development plan) and audits by the Family Federation (FFoF), the FFoF recognised the company as a Family Friendly Workplace. They are the first private listed company in Finland to receive the recognition.
Achieving firsts, however, is something of a habit for DNA. Just this year, DNA was chosen the best place to work in Finland in the Great Place to Work (GPTW) 2019 survey’s large companies category (GPTW is a global authority on workplace culture auditing).